The University of South Alabama women's basketball team defeated the 10 seeded Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, 73-61 on Monday night at the Mitchell Center in round one of the Sun Belt Women's Basketball Tournament.
Alexis Sykes knocked down a three-pointer for the Jaguars to get things started tonight and that set the tone for the rest of the evening. Sykes connected on 3-of-4 from behind the arc in the first quarter and South held a 19-9 advantage going into the second. Sykes finished with 15 points on the night and went 5-of-7 from three.
South Alabama went on an 18-2 run in the second quarter to build a 24-point lead and take its largest lead of the season heading into halftime. The Jaguars amassed a game-high 34-point advantage at the five-minute mark in the third quarter, and the contest was out of reach of the Ragin' Cajuns at that point. Louisiana did make a late push, but the Jags lead was too much and South walked away with the 12 point win.
Antoinette Lewis dominated in the paint for the Jaguars this evening. Lewis went 9-for-10 from the floor, posted a game high 20 points, and brought down 12 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season. The sophomore forward was announced as a first team All-Sun Belt player this afternoon by the league office.